Posts Tagged ‘Roman Quinn’

Silver Linings For The 2015 Philadelphia Phillies

April 4th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Silver Linings For The 2015 Philadelphia Phillies | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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The Phillies are just days away from the beginning of a potentially life altering nightmarish season. Cliff Lee, and the hope of trading him for anything of value at the deadline, is lost. Ryan Howard is still Ryan Howard. Is Chase Utley still the man? Maybe 4-5 days a week if he’s expected to be productive the entire season. I’m not trying to be all doom and gloom or a pre-2008 typical Negadelphian, but let’s be realistic, the Phillies have the potential to be a 100-loss team this year and will battle for the top pick in the 2016 First Year Player Draft. That being said, there is still plenty of reason to head to the ballpark this summer, whether it be in South Philly or various points around the Delaware Valley and the Gulf Coast of Florida.

At the major league level, first and foremost, just about every fan should be ready to sing in unison, “Nah, nah, nah, nah. Nah, nah, nah, nah. Hey. Hey. Goodbye.” Yes friends, everyone’s favorite General Manager Ruben Amaro Junior is FINALLY a lame duck. Amaro’s contract runs out at year’s end and I cannot imagine ANY reason to bring the man who systematically ruined the franchise from to top to bottom to be allowed back. Amaro has been the poster boy for trying to dig yourself out of a bad situation since taking over in 2009.

As far as on the field goes, I think that the Phillies have could potentially have a player similar to Shane Victorino in Odubel Herrera. Doobs, a rule five draft pick from the Rangers last winter, has not only made the team, but supplanted Ben Revere as the starting center fielder. For the last 12 months, Herrera has done nothing but provide offense:

  • 2014 MiLB (A+/AA): .315/.383/.388 with 21 Stolen Bases (67.7%) and 26 Extra Base Hits
  • 2014 Winter League: .372/.432/.556 with 9 Stolen Bases (100%) and 23 Extra Base Hits
  • 2015 Spring Training: .355/.379/.468 with 6 Stolen Bases (100%) and 3 Extra Base Hits

No one is saying that Herrera is going to be a 20/20 guy in the middle of the lineup, but if you can get 15 doubles, 5 triples, and 20 stolen bases at the top of the lineup, that leads to a lot of run scoring opportunities.

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Minor League Mondays: Roman Quinn

October 20th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Minor League Mondays: Roman Quinn | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

The end of the 2011 season will always be the image of Ryan Howard going down in a heap after blowing out his Achilles. Three seasons later, Howard has yet to regain the form that put him in the elite group of players that have won Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in consecutive years. When Quinn blew out his Achilles the after the 2013 season, many thought that he’d lose a step on his prized speed and that it would be at least a year until he was back close to what he could be going forward.

Not only did Quinn defy the odds of playing at all in 2014, he only missed six weeks of the season. Not only was he able to come back quickly, he came back at a level that showed us what he is capable of.

  • High A (Clearwater): 88 games, .257/.343/.370 with 10 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 7 HRs, and 32 SBs

While he did strikeout at an alarming rate, just under 40% for the season, he was able to achieve an 11% walk rate. Quinn’s strikeout rate is what is keeping him from being an elite prospect in baseball. Right now I’d say he’s in that second tier as he’s a featured player in the Arizona Fall League representing the Phillies.

  • Arizona Fall League: 9 games, .250/.333/.300 with 1 3B and 7 SBs

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Fall Ball Notes

September 1st, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Fall Ball Notes | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

This week, the Phillies announced some winter league roster moves. Phillies that will be represented in the Arizona Fall League include pitchers Colton Murray, Ryan O’Sullivan, Nefi Ogando, Ethan Stewart, catcher Logan Moore, and center fielder Roman Quinn, who is slated to get significant playing time. The Phillies have one more roster spot open to them should they wish to use it. Phillies representatives will be playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions this year.

Third base prospect Maikel Franco is currently slated to play in the Dominican Winter League again.

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Star Potential: Roman Quinn

September 11th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Star Potential: Roman Quinn | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

One of the top prospects in all of baseball is the Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamilton. Hamilton broke the single season stolen base record by swiping 155 bases. No, that isn’t a typo. 155 stolen bases in 132 games played. Hamilton, drafted in 2009, wasn’t so successful in his debut season. In his first season of professional baseball, Hamilton a line of .205/.253/.277 with 9 extra base hits and successfully stole 14 of 17 bases (82%).

Flash forward two seasons to the 2011 draft and the Phillies drafted high school prospect Roman Quinn, who was dubbed the fastest player in the draft, with the 66th overall selection. Quinn did not make his debut until the 2012 season, but it was a spectacular debut. Quinn posted a .281/.370/.408 line with 21 extra base hits and was 30 of 36 (83%) in the larceny department.

Granted Hamilton played in 23 fewer games in his debut season, but Quinn did do it at a higher level. Hamilton did fare significantly better in his second season at a similar level, but Quinn is definitely worth keeping an eye on going forward. Drafted as a shortstop, it seems as if Quinn’s future may be in center field. If Quinn can progress at a steady clip and remain healthy, the Phillies may have an improved version of Michael Bourn on their horizon.

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